This Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew is made from coffee beans grown in Ireland, blended with cream, and then cold brewed for 24 hours.
This cold-brewed coffee has a smooth flavor and is perfect for those who want something different. It is a limited-time holiday beverage at Starbucks.
What Is Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew?
This cold coffee, dreamy holiday drink is made by blending the rich taste of Irish whiskey with creamy milk.
It’s also available as an espresso blend that adds a shot of caffeine to your cup. Enjoy this Starbucks iced coffee during the holiday season.
How Does Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew Taste?
This cold coffee beverage tastes like a combination of coffee and Irish whiskey. You can find this drink at any Starbucks location nationwide as part of their holiday menu.
Is Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew Healthy?
Yes! This drink contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives. It’s low in calories and fat, but high in protein.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
It’s not just delicious — it’s also great for you. Coffee contains antioxidants called chlorogenic acids (CGA) which may reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. Caffeine helps boost metabolism and burn fat. And because this recipe uses dairy, it’s also high in calcium and protein.
How To Make Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew
If you don’t have any experience making iced drinks at home, it may take some trial and error before you figure out what works best for you.
Start by buying the right equipment, like a high-quality ice cube tray, mason jar, and a scale.
Then, experiment with different ratios of ingredients, including sweeteners, milk & heavy cream. You can try this copycat recipe for Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew.
Homemade Irish Cream Cold Brew Recipe
- 1/2 cup Irish Whiskey
- 3 cups whole Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Step 1: Measure Ingredients
Measure all of your ingredients into separate containers. We recommend using glass measuring cups and spoons when preparing these recipes.
Step 2: Freeze Ice Cubes
To make the ice cubes, pour the milk into a large bowl and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes until frozen solid. Once the milk is frozen, please remove it from the fridge and use a spoon to scoop out the cubes. Place them back in the refrigerator to thaw while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Step 3: Combine Liquids
Once the milk is completely thawed, combine the milk and whiskey in a blender. Or use an electric frother. Blend on medium speed for about 5 seconds. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a container. Discard the solids left behind in the strainer.
Step 4: Add Sweetener
Add one tablespoon of sugar per serving. If you prefer less sweetness, add more sugar. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
Step 5: Chill
Place the container with the chilled liquid in the refrigerator. Let it chill overnight.
Step 6: Serve
When ready to serve, strain the liquid again if needed. Transfer the strained liquid to a pitcher or cold glass and stir in the vanilla extract. Serve over ice.
Homemade Cold Brew Coffee: How to Make It
To make this recipe, you will need:
• A French press (or similar)
• An ice bath
• A scale
The first step is to measure out your coffee grounds using either a digital scale or measuring cups.
Next, fill up your French press with filtered water. Use a little bit of room temperature tap water to rinse off the filter.
Then place the coffee grounds into the French press and cover with the lid. Steep the coffee for approximately 12 hours.
Once the time is up, remove the lid and discard the grounds.
Place the French press inside the ice bath and allow the coffee to cool. At this point, you have two options.
Option 1: Pour the coffee through a strainer into a tall glass.
Option 2: Skim the foam that floats on top of the coffee using a spoon. Discard the foam and pour the rest of the coffee into a clean glass jar. Store the coffee in the fridge.
To enjoy, add some simple syrup, such as vanilla syrup, honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. If you don’t have these ingredients, add more coffee!
Irish Sweet Cream Coffee Syrup Homemade Version
I love this recipe because it tastes like the real thing but doesn’t require any special equipment. It’s easy to make and will last for months if stored properly. I’ve been making this simple syrup since college and it’s always a hit whenever I bring it to parties.
This recipe makes enough syrup for 6 servings.
- 4 cups strong coffee
- 1 cup water
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Step 1: Heat Water
In a small saucepan, heat the water over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the stovetop and let cool.
Step 2: Mix Sugar & Cream
While the water is still warm, use a handheld frother to mix together the sugar and cream in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Step 3: Strain Coffee
After the water has cooled down, strain it through a sieve or cheesecloth. You can also use paper towels to squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
Step 4: Return Liquid to Pan
Return the strained liquid to the pan. Whisk the liquid until there are no lumps.
Step 5: Simmer
Bring the liquid to a low boil, stirring often to prevent sticking. Boil for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes.
Step 6: Cool
Remove the pan from the stove and let it sit uncovered for at least 30 minutes. When the syrup is completely cool, transfer it to airtight containers or jars and store in the refrigerator.
There are many variations of the classic iced coffee drink, including espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, mocha, and Americano. Some bars offer specialty drinks like the caffè corretto (with espresso) or the caffè freddo (with ice).
The Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew is amazing. You will enjoy every sip of this iced coffee beverage and would definitely order it again. However, I think the taste could be improved by adding less coffee. If you’re looking for a delicious way to kick start your day, give this cold brew coffee a try. You can also try other classic coffee drinks at Starbucks!